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Meet our West Covina Therapists

2227A E Garvey Ave N, West Covina, CA 91791
2155 E Garvey Ave N Suite B17 & B2, West Covina, CA 91791

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Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802, Supervisor

Ian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  As a trained Biblical counselor, he enjoys bringing God's word and the hope of the Gospel into his treatment with clients who request it.  Ian specializes in treating depression and anxiety with adults and those in late adolescence.  He has facilitated and developed curriculum for depression and anxiety recovery programs using empirically validated approaches in the intensive outpatient (IOP) setting.  Ian also has experience in working with couples, mood disorders and eating disorders.

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Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061, Supervisor

Valerie is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her gentle and kind presence helps people feel comfortable discussing issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and adjustment related disorders. Valerie has worked with couples, individuals, and families. She is trained in EMDR and has helped clients process various types of trauma.

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Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896, Supervisor

Gina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys providing therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience in working with adolescents in residential treatment settings and has managed multiple programs which served adult victims of domestic violence and older adult populations. Additionally, Gina has experience in working with eating disorders in the partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) settings. She has a passion for working with victims of trauma and issues of attachment.

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Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240, Supervisor

Darissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion for working with individuals, couples, and families to meet their goals of living in congruence to their values, especially with the values that are given to us by God in His Word.  Darissa uses a compassionate and direct approach to identify what is blocking each individual from achieving their goals and experiencing freedom from the pain of mental illness, trauma, sin, and relational wounds.  Her practice has focused on attachment, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and the relationships impacted by these disorders.

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Shannon Lacabanne, LMFT#116185, Supervisor

Shannon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in working with individual adult women and teens. She is particularly skilled with counseling related to anxiety and self-confidence. Shannon is also trained in EMDR therapy, which can help with issues ranging from post-traumatic experiences to relational problems. Shannon also enjoys supporting families in developing healthy and effective parenting skills, for couples and those who co-parent/have custody agreements.

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Mayte Salazar, LMFT#116012, Supervisor
Services in Spanish and English

Mayte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She provides treatment in English and Spanish. 
Mayte is a Solution-focused therapist working with PTSD and Trauma. "I believe that unresolved trauma is at the root of many mental health issues. I have found that talk therapy doesn't always resolve trauma and that additional interventions are often needed. My preferred method for treating trauma is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).  A.R.T. is more of a procedure than talk therapy, and doesn't require the individual to talk about the trauma. A.R.T. is quick and effective, with research showing relief from trauma in as few as 3-4 sessions.
I’m a Licensed Marriage Family and Child therapist and I have been helping people heal for nearly 16 years. I have studied many modalities of therapy including EMDR (certified), CBT, TFCBT, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.  
After learning Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) in 2022, I found that my clients began to heal more quickly, sometimes resolving a major trauma in just a few sessions. Session after session, I felt amazed with what I was experiencing with my clients and blessed that I had a therapy that made such a difference in my client’s healing.
I seek to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for processing and healing. If you are seeking relief from the effects of addiction or trauma, feel free to reach out to me. Let me know if you have any questions that I might be able to answer. I have helped many individuals find healing from trauma and I look forward to helping you."

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Bryan Chan, LMFT#122240, Supervisor

Bryan is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and trained Biblical counselor with his M.A. in Counseling Ministry. He loves providing Biblical counseling (upon request), and has a passion for helping individuals work through trauma and painful experiences, as well as strengthening relationships with couples. Bryan helps clients process the hurts of their past and present in order to break free from early trauma and discover joy, hope, and freedom. 
Bryan is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (level A), Triple-P (level 2).
Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

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Jordan Yee, LMFT#131926

Jordan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is passionate about working with couples; helping them develop better communication dynamics and conflict resolution skills. He is also confident to help couples recover and heal through infidelity issues. He enjoys working with men and women in individual counseling, especially with anxiety symptoms and relational distress. He has experience working with adolescents in a school setting, and parents often find he is a great fit to help their teens through such an emotionally difficult season of their lives.

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Alexah Bowden, LMFT#130995, LPCC#13263

Alexah is a faithful Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Alexah believes that therapy is a journey and is passionate about walking alongside those that are suffering and working together to find hope and healing. Alexah has experience working with children, teens, adults, individuals and families. Alexah enjoys working with issues of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, trauma, relational distress, and life changes. Alexah is trained in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and can also provide Biblical counseling, upon request.

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Sabrina Aguilar, LMFT#133433

Sabrina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is passionate about working with teen girls, adults, groups, and couples seeking pre-marital counseling. Sabrina also enjoys working with individuals struggling with communication, anxiety, anger, and managing stress. Sabrina strives to create a safe space to process life's challenges, help clients improve relationships with others, provide positive coping skills, and build on self-worth. She believes integrating spirituality/biblical counseling can provide greater healing and help find purpose in the chaos of life.
Certification of Completion: Prepare and Enrich Facilitator; Gottman Couple Therapy Level 1; Therapy with Children.

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Danyela Zamudio, LMFT#132795, APCC#6851

Danyela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She is a devout Christian and has a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual integration approach in her counseling. She has experience working with people of all ages including children, adolescents and adults. She has provided individual, premarital, couples, family, and group counseling in a safe and supportive environment. Danyela has a passion to support clients in their healing process, uncover their potential, and lead an authentic life.  She enjoys working with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, self-esteem, depression, interpersonal relationships, amongst others.  


Certification of Completion: Gottman Couple Therapy Level 1; Prepare & Enrich Facilitator; and Therapy with Children

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Christina Sanchez, LMFT#141030

Christina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a devoted Christ follower and enjoys providing Biblical Counseling. There will be storms in life, but they are not meant to be weathered alone. Christina has a heartfelt passion to skillfully and gracefully partner with couples, individuals, and families to help them endure, persevere, and grow through them. Christina also enjoys serving in her local church women’s ministry, prayer ministry, and co-leads young adult women’s bible study groups.
She is trained in Psychodynamic/Intersubjective Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Prepare & Enrich, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples. She is dedicated to addressing challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, church hurt, adult children of emotionally distant parents, dating/breakups, adult ADHD, family conflict, sexual issues, relationships, communication, infidelity, premarital, and intimacy.

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Melissa Medina, LMFT#141721

Melissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about working with teens and young adults as they navigate the challenges they face in life. Melissa has experience working with at-risk teens in residential treatment settings and has also worked with teens in Christian ministry. She has experience working with individuals to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, phase of life transitions and trauma. Melissa also enjoys working with couples and families to improve relational dynamics such as communication and conflict resolution skills.

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Rene Cantu, AMFT#138202
Supervised by Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240

Rene is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and committed follower of Christ. He has a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Gateway Seminary and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. He desires to bring hope to the hopeless. With Rene you can expect a safe place be open, honest, and heard. He works with couples, adults, and adolescents, and specifically with cases of depression and/or anxiety. He is at his best when using a Biblical counseling approach, yet has training and confidence in providing therapy treatment using various psychological approaches and interventions, according to your needs.

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Katrina Leigh Carter, AMFT#129283
Supervised by Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896

Katrina is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master in Counseling Psychology along with her Master in Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern California Seminary. Katrina currently continues her education by pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology and Master of Divinity. Katrina is passionate about meeting people where they are. She enjoys shepherding people in the fundamentals of growth, highlighting beauty in the mundane, and caring for those who are struggling to identify or communicate their emotions. Katrina has experience in working with individuals of all ages along with couples who are seeking help in navigating their next step to experience the joyful fulfillment of life.

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Yvette Esparza, AMFT#136587
Supervised by Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896

Yvette is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a background of twenty years of experience with young children as a teacher.  She was also a youth director in her church specializing in adolescents and obstacles they face.  This experience led her into the journey of becoming a therapist.

 Yvette has experience in working with all ages including children, teens, individuals, and families. Her experience also includes working with children with ADHD and parents of children with special needs. She enjoys working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and communication.

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Ariga Aghajanian, AMFT#136525
Supervised by Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061

Ariga Aghajanian is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has experience working with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, as well as individuals of all ages. Ariga is a passionate mental health advocate and has worked with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and interpersonal relationships. She is committed to understanding her client's goals and providing pathways for growth. Ariga’s hope is that clients will learn how to have a more authentic relationship with themselves and Jesus. Ariga is also fluent in Armenian.

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Joben Purificacion, AMFT#136257
Supervised by Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802

Joben is a devoted Christian and registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He understands that “trusting the process” can be often difficult, annoying, and/or exhausting to deal with in life alone. Joben believes that therapy creates a safe environment to work through and process these hardships. He believes in meeting with people wherever they may be in life and helping them work on becoming the best versions of themselves. Joben enjoys dedicating his time to individual work with teenagers and adults the most. He is passionate about helping others overcome challenges such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, dating/breakups, communication skills, loneliness and more.

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Rebecca Amavizca, ACSW#99697
Supervised by Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896

Rebecca is a devoted Christian and registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She is committed to helping individuals, couples and families strengthen their faith, and experience healing and growth to thrive and live a full, abundant life that brings honor and glory to God. Rebecca aspires to create a supportive therapeutic alliance and a safe place for people to unpack their thoughts and feelings. She is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and adults through various concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life changes. Rebecca is trained in trauma informed care and can provide Biblical counseling, upon request.

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Jennifer Vega-Vazquez, AMFT#136326
Supervised by Bryan Chan, LMFT#122240

Jennifer is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a devoted Christian who is passionate about providing a safe environment for clients to share their story as they work through issues related to anxiety, depression, relational distress, communication, and phase of life transition. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Jennifer is bilingual and offers therapy in English and Spanish.

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Sharlene Diaz, AMFT#136131
Supervised by Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061

Sharlene is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion to provide hope and healing to those seeking support through life’s challenges. She has experience in providing mental health services to children, teens and individuals struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression and relationship distress, among others. She believes therapy is a collaborative process and acts as a guide to facilitate the client's work in treatment, so they can feel supported and empowered in the process. She is trained in EMDR therapy and has helped individuals process various trauma. Sharlene is also a devoted Christian and enjoys serving at her local church.

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Krista Rodriguez, ACSW#108558
Supervised by Daniel Guzman, LCSW#29037

Krista is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She is passionate about integrating her faith into her practice as a therapist. She is experienced and passionate about working with children, adolescents and young women who struggle with overcoming past traumas, anxiety, depression, grief and PTSD. She is experienced in working with foster youth, survivors of domestic violence and survivors of sexual assault. Krista is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Tatyana Graham, AMFT#135980
Supervised by Bryan Chan, LMFT#122240

Tatyana is a devoted Christian and registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about providing a safe space for clients to share their story. She believes meeting the client where they are at and helping them get to the place they want to be at. She has experience in providing mental health services for young adults, teens, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and relationship distress.

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Veronica Lawrie, APCC#14094
Supervised by Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240

Veronica is a faithful Christian and a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Veronica has experience working with children, teens, adults, individuals, and couples and hopes to help people grow and move toward positive change. Veronica desires to walk alongside others, to listen compassionately, and to provide a safe space to collaborate toward desirable outcomes. Veronica believes that the good news of the gospel can provide lasting hope, healing, and strength to those who are hurting. Veronica earned her Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University with an emphasis in Educational and Clinical Counseling and enjoys working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relational distress, emotional dysregulation, and phase of life problems.

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Arissa Alvarez, ACSW#97130
Supervised by Daniel Guzman, LCSW#29037

Arissa is a devoted Christian and a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Arissa has experience working with children, teens, young adults, and families. She has worked with individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, communication skills, grief & loss, low self-esteem, PTSD, and stress. Arissa believes in creating a safe space to help clients process and overcome challenges.

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Karson Dreher, AMFT#140839
Supervised by Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802

Karson is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He is grateful to work with youth/teens, couples, adults, and families! His treatment can focus on anxiety, depression, family conflict, identity issues, bondages to substances, grief/loss and sexual issues - including but not limited to pornography, addiction, and trauma. He is trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Gottman Level 1, Prepare and Enrich premarital counseling, and Biblical Counseling. Karson is a devoted Christian and enjoys helping his clients incorporate faith in their treatment through the use of Biblical Counseling. He also utilizes psychodynamic theory with clients and short, mid, or long term treatment.

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